Ball valve sizes

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Ball valve sizes

Post by ejaeger » March 8th, 2014, 10:45 am

So I'm working in my first UDS and want to put 3 FPT ball valves on the bottom for air flow. What size would be best? I was thinking 3/4 would work but I have no reasoning behind it.



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Re: Ball valve sizes

Post by cypertj » March 8th, 2014, 10:58 am

I have 3 1" on mine. I can control low temps around 225, and I can open her up and get temps of 500+ if I ever needed. It's nice in cold weather to be able to get to temp.

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Re: Ball valve sizes

Post by The Czar » March 8th, 2014, 11:25 am

3/4" or 1" is good to use


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Re: Ball valve sizes

Post by T G » March 16th, 2014, 8:45 pm

I have 3/4" on mine right now, and I have to run 2 wide open to hold 250. The one I am getting ready to start on will have 1" ball valves on it.



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Post by Frank_Cox » March 17th, 2014, 6:47 pm

Not trying to :spam: my own board lol... but you can also use these type air inlets... Click here : 1-1/2" ID air inlet or exhaust for UDS Smoker
only need 2 even though clover ridge uses 3....


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Post by The Czar » March 17th, 2014, 11:34 pm

Spammer!!!! Oh wait....


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Post by ejaeger » March 21st, 2014, 8:50 pm

Frank_Cox wrote:Not trying to :spam: my own board lol... but you can also use these type air inlets... Click here : 1-1/2" ID air inlet or exhaust for UDS Smoker
only need 2 even though clover ridge uses 3....
I wish I'd seen these before I bought and installed some ball valves. definitely keeping these bookmarked for my second build.



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Re: Ball valve sizes

Post by The Czar » March 22nd, 2014, 1:37 am

There is nothing wrong with ball valves...it's a tried and true way....it's just if you have access to metal and a welder then 1.5" inlets are cheaper to make....


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Post by swamprb » June 6th, 2015, 10:55 am

Frank_Cox wrote:Not trying to :spam: my own board lol... but you can also use these type air inlets... Click here : 1-1/2" ID air inlet or exhaust for UDS Smoker
only need 2 even though clover ridge uses 3....

I've been contemplating incorporating two of these in an upcoming build. If I were to ever use a BBQ Guru, would I need a bulkhead fitting for one of these vents?

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Re: Ball valve sizes

Post by Clover Ridge Smokers » June 8th, 2015, 8:53 pm

If you are planning on using a fan based system, I would look at the Pitmaster IQ over the Guru. Much cheaper and they have a setup for the UDS


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Re: Ball valve sizes

Post by touchdowndallas2000 » July 20th, 2015, 7:11 am

Hi guys, I am not trying to hijack the thread, but have a question related to ball valves. If I should be starting a new thread, let me know.

I am in the process of my first UDS build. I drilled my vent holes and grate holes then did a burnout over the weekend. I was going the route of two vents capped and one with a ball valve. While at the hardware store I was asked about the heat and the rubber/plastic seal/gasket around the ball in the ball valve. Is the heat not an issue on the vent holes and/or is there a special ball valve I need to be buying?

Thanks again for all of the knowledge and help guys!!

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